"Harold Eugene Clark" (born Tipton, Missouri, November 17, 1944 - died May 24, 1991) was an American singer-songwriter, and one of the founding members of the folk-rock group The Byrds.
Gene Clark is best remembered for his association with the Byrds between 1964 and 1966 but there was much more to his body of work than that legacy. He was a prolific songwriter and a singer with a distinctive plaintive style who created a large catalogue of music in several genres which failed to achieve great commercial success. He was one of the earliest exponents of baroque pop, newgrass, country rock and alternative country.
One of 13 children, born in rural Missouri, Clark began learning the guitar at age nine and was soon picking out Hank Williams tunes, as well as material by early rockers such as Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers. Before long, he was writing his own songs, and at 13 cut his first record with a local rock & roll combo, Joe Meyers and the Sharks. Like many of his generation, Clark developed an interest in folk music after the popularity of the Kingston Trio. Soon Clark began performing with several folk groups working out of Kansas City at the Castaways Lo...
|date of birth||November 17, 1944|
|place of birth||Tipton, Missouri|
|date of death||May 24, 1991|
|place of death||Sherman Oaks, California|